Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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She has more than 30 years of experience in landscape architecture and partnerships in two offices—Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter + Bowman in London. Among the notable project work she has completed with her partners are the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam; Seattle City Hall Plaza; and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London. In her own words, her design work is "as simple as possible without being banal," while maintaining the meaning and integrity of the site, and focuses on being more compositionally strong rather than decorative. Researching and understanding the historical and cultural values of a site, in addition to its physical characteristics, is what initially drives the design. "A site is living; we have to take into account what has happened to it and what could happen to it," she said. Gustafson's advice to those starting out in the field is "to be the best sponge in the world. Just start working. There is so much to learn. During the first five years, you may not realize what you are good at—don't shut that door. Just put out there what you are looking for and try to find that opportunity." She is still excited to be a part of the landscape architecture profession. "I am totally in love with this profession. It is constantly changing, and it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with extraordinary people," Gustafson explains. "It's an amazing profession—very scientific and extremely artistic. I love having the opportunity to work with people who appreciate the need and desire for beauty. I love the holistic approach to landscape architecture, creating the beauty of a larger piece that has such a vast reach. I feel very lucky that I found this profession." Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA GGN designed Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park in Chicago in 2005. This memorable garden is just a stroll south of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Jennifer Guthrie says she Top, Left & Middle:Jennifer Guthrie says she still receives notes from people telling her how much Lurie Garden in Chicago means to them. "People are so busy these days. It is such an honor for someone to hunt you down and send you a handwritten note like that," she says. PHOTO: GGN: LURIE GARDEN IN MILLENNIUM PARK, CHICAGO "Top Right: Finding that emotional and psychological beauty that touches people—that is what makes landscape architecture 'a place that fits.'"— Kathryn Gustafson, FASLA PHOTO: GGN: SEATTLE CITY HALL PLAZA Bottom, Right: "It is really gratifying walking through a space we have designed and seeing people there— they don't have to say anything, but you know from their body language that they are feeling comfortable, happy, healthy, and secure."— Shannon Nichol, FASLA, LEED AP PHOTO: GGN: NORTH END PARKS, BOSTON April 2018 25

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